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The Resource Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean

Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean

Label
Engineering animals : how life works
Title
Engineering animals
Title remainder
how life works
Statement of responsibility
Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From an engineer's perspective, how do specialized adaptations among living things really work? In this book the authors offer a look at animals, including humans, as works of evolutionary engineering, each adapted to a specific manner of survival whether that means spinning webs or flying across continents or hunting in the dark, or writing books. The alarm calls of birds make them difficult for predators to locate, while the howl of wolves and the croak of bullfrogs are designed to carry across long distances. From an engineer's perspective, how do such specialized adaptations among living things really work? And how does physics constrain evolution, channeling it in particular directions? This particular book, containing more than a hundred illustrations, conveys the physical principles underlying animal structure and behavior. Pigeons, for instance, when understood as marvels of engineering, are flying remote sensors: they have wideband acoustical receivers, hi-res optics, magnetic sensing, and celestial navigation. Albatrosses expend little energy while traveling across vast southern oceans, by exploiting a technique known to glider pilots as dynamic soaring. Among insects, one species of fly can locate the source of a sound precisely, even though the fly itself is much smaller than the wavelength of the sound it hears. And that big-brained, upright Great Ape? Evolution has equipped us to figure out an important fact about the natural world: that there is more to life than engineering, but no life at all without it
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Denny, Mark
Dewey number
591.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP31.2
LC item number
.D46 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2012 G-781
  • QP 82
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McFadzean, Alan
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physiology
  • Animals
  • Animal ecophysiology
  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Animal Population Groups
  • Biological Evolution
  • Animal ecophysiology
  • Animals
  • Physiology
  • Tierphysiologie
  • Tierökologie
  • Biomechanik
  • Anpassung
  • Physiology
  • Animals
  • Animal ecophysiology
Label
Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Structure and Movement. Go with the flow ; Structural engineering : the bare bones ; A moving experience ; A mind of its own ; Built for life ; Simple complexity : emergent behavior -- Remote Sensing. A chemical universe ; Sound ideas ; Animal sonar ; Seeing the light ; There and back again : animal navigation ; Talk to the animals
Control code
ocn676725394
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 385 pages
Isbn
9780674048546
Lccn
2010051355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674048546
  • (OCoLC)676725394
Label
Engineering animals : how life works, Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Structure and Movement. Go with the flow ; Structural engineering : the bare bones ; A moving experience ; A mind of its own ; Built for life ; Simple complexity : emergent behavior -- Remote Sensing. A chemical universe ; Sound ideas ; Animal sonar ; Seeing the light ; There and back again : animal navigation ; Talk to the animals
Control code
ocn676725394
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 385 pages
Isbn
9780674048546
Lccn
2010051355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674048546
  • (OCoLC)676725394

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